Cambridge License Commission meeting today to cancel T.T. The Bear’s Place liquor license [updated]

Michael Marotta for Vanyaland

Update 6:04 p.m.: After an impassioned plea this afternoon by T.T. The Bear’s Place owner Bonney Bouley, the Cambridge License Commission granted her liquor license a three month reprieve. The board cited her 43 years in the nightlife and live music business as a reason for the decision. Sources tell Vanyaland that Bouley will now attempt to find a buyer for her license in the coming months.

Our original post from this morning is below.


A Cambridge licensing board is scheduled to meet today to cancel the liquor license currently held by shuttered rock club T.T. The Bear’s Place.

According to the public License Commission Hearing Agenda, the Cambridge License Commission will host an open hearing today at 3 p.m. at the Michael J. Lombardi Building (831 Massachusetts Ave.) to move to cancel T.T.’s common victualler all alcohol license at 10 Brookline St.

The T.T.’s item is 15th on the committee’s agenda for this afternoon’s session.

T.T. The Bear’s Place closed in July 2015 after receiving a rent increase from its new property owners, Joseph and Nabil Sater of the next-door Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub complex.

There has been an alleged dispute between the Saters and T.T.’s owner Bonney Bouley over the value and transfer of venue’s liquor license, which former T.T.’s manager Kevin Patey recently described as “still currently in limbo”. The Saters have proposed a new nightclub in the Central Square space, possibly to be named Sonia’s, though no potential opening date has been made public despite ongoing construction.

A decision today by the Cambridge License Commission could have significant impact on the Saters’ use of the new space, and plans for Bouley to use the license elsewhere around the city.


Stay tuned.